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This MA prepares you for a career in the challenging world of publishing. Taught by experts and practitioners and with master classes from industry leaders, the programme of study includes all the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to become a successful publisher, including a period of professional placement.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- All applicants: 31 May 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The programme equips students with both a practical insight into how this complex industry functions and a range of transferable skills. These include training in editorial, sales and marketing skills, publishing business plans and their successful delivery, contract negotiation and copyright management, production processes, digital contexts, innovation and enterpreneurship.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The Publishing MA aims to cover the entire spread of publishing disciplines, from fiction and trade to professional, academic, scholarly and educational.
Teaching staff possess a wide range of book trade experience and networks of contacts across all fields in the UK and internationally. Their research has helped shape how publishers have developed practices, and made an impact on the discipline as a field of academic study.
In addition, leading publishers, literary agents, authors, legal experts, booksellers and electronic authorities visit the course to give lectures and presentations. Students benefit from masterclasses from industry leaders on current and controversial issues and field visits to retailers, publishers and libraries.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits) as well as a five week practical placement for full-time students.
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible study 2-5 years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 15 weeks or flexible study over a period of up to two years) is offered.
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through lectures and seminars, with an emphasis on practical skills and exercises based on the real-world and team working. An essential component of the course is the five week placement in a publishing house. Assessment is through essays, presentations, reports, one unseen examination, and the dissertation.
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The UCL Wiley Scholarship is awarded to one outstanding student on this programme. It will cover full tuition fees and an internship.
Scholarships available for this department
Funded by the David Tebbutt Trust, the principal aim of the Trust is to further the education of those wishing to pursue a career in the publishing, writing and information industries, and related fields of activity.
These scholarships are open to part-time students who are employees of University of London libraries or of other libraries which provide placement opportunities for UCL Information Studies.
This is awarded to the most distinguished of the candidates for the MA in Archives and Records Management.
The Wiley Scholarship was founded in 2008 by the publishing company John Wiley & Sons. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential.
The Vickery bursaries are named in honour of Professor Brian Vickery, who was the Director of the School of Library, Archive & Information Studies from 1973 to 1983. They are awarded at the discretion of the Department of Information Studies.
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is normally required. Applicants without the necessary academic attainment but with significant industry experience may exceptionally be considered.
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English language proficiency level: Advanced
How to apply
Applications for the programme must be submitted by 31 May 2014. If you wish to apply for funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) this must be done by 31 December in the previous year.
Who can apply?
This programme is ideal for students interested in book and journal publishing who wish to develop a thorough understanding of the structure, organisation and dynamics of the publishing industry. It is suitable for those seeking to enter not-for-profit organisations as well as the commercial companies in both the UK and internationally.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Publishing at graduate level
- why you want to study Publishing at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally and/or academically with your degree
At the end of the programme you will be a professional publisher ready to launch your career with a qualification from a university that the industry recognises and values.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Sage Publications, Editorial Assistant, 2011
- Oxford University Press, Commissioning Assistant, 2011
- Bazaar Voice, Marketing Assistant, 2011
- Harper Collins, Press Office Intern, 2011
- BMJ Publishing Group, Journal Manager, 2011
UCL's MA in Publishing aims to help train leaders in the industry. We employ a rigorous applications process to ensure we recruit very best potential publishers, and professional behavious is at the core fo everything we do. This is an intensive course, which provide access to the publishing industry throughout its duration; we work with each student to equip them with the best support for thrir professional development. As a result, our graduates are sought after recruits. Recent job successes have been in Bloomsbury Digital, Sage, Penguin and David Higham Associates.
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